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hgho

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Hello all.
I have been watching a lot of TG videos lately and I notice an interesting moment with his tone. It is kind of a distorted sound but not «electric guitar-effect» distortion. It seems to be especially apparent when Ted is playing several notes at the same time and close voicings. Such as in this video:



At first, I believed that this sound was just a result of bad recording quality, but I have developed a taste for the tone and find it in so many YTvideos where Ted plays. I wonder if any players here know what is happening and how to actually achieve this sound. I have a Fender Hot Rod DeVille amp.
DaveAnno

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I think you're hearing the "Lenny Breau" technique of playing a chord, but one of the notes is played as a harmonic. It raises that note an octave and produces that cool dissonance.
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hgho

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I know excatly what you mean with the inverted intervals with harmonics. However, it is not my point here. It almost sounds like Teds tone come out from a blown speaker, or at least gets distorted when playing at a certain sound level. I thougt it was something with my speakers but I have tried different ones. This happens in other videos as well when not playing harmonics.
BigMickey

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Maybe just the way treble/mid/and bass is dialed in plus gain, chorus and reverb?
hgho

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Yeah perhaps. Did he use a little bit of gain when playing «clean»?
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To me that sounds like the recording device overloading.
klasaine

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Those are real 'video tapes'. I'm sure it's the recording medium. Ted did play with a little gain occasionally but that example doesn't sound like it. It sounds to me like an overloaded video tape machine.
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Hmmm... could you hook up a video recorder to the effects loop in your amp? Jk, hgho. Hope you find a way to get the tone! [wink]
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That's tape saturation PLUS an aging video soundtrack going south!
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hgho

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Thank you all for very clarifying answers. I have no idea how to get the sound, but I think it’s funny how this unwanted «noise» can turn into a cool effect.
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